Wycombe High School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2020, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths

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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

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School Results Over Time

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Marlow Road
High Wycombe
HP11 1TB

School Description

Wycombe High School is a larger than average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students eligible for free school meals is very low. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is higher than that found nationally. The largest heritage groups represented in the school are White British and Pakistani. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is higher than that found nationally. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is very low. The school has specialist status in mathematics and computing and holds the Artsmark Gold Award, Healthy Schools Award, Investors in People Award, NACE Challenge Award and the Sportsmark Award. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The current headteacher was appointed from 1 January 2009. The school converted to academy status on 1 May 2011.

Wycombe High School Reviews

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“Excellent school”
"> My daughter is in Y11 at the school and so we have enjoyed just over 4 years of her being educated here. We are delighted with all aspects of the school. There are issues with staffing which is, to a large extent, due to the high cost of housing in the area. We have found the school deal with issues extremely well focussing on the pastoral care of the girls. We would highly recommend it if your daughter is academically inclined and enjoys being in a structured environment.
“Poor A-Level Performance”
"> The 2016 A-level performance of Wycombe High School is listed by the DFE as ‘below national average’ (Progress Score – 0.16). This is below ALL other Bucks Grammar Schools and below several upper schools. As a consequence, my daughter will be transferring to another local grammar school for her A-Levels; a school where she might meet her potential and where she may have some idea of who will be teaching her from year to year.
“Significant Management Issues”
"> The greatest assets of Wycombe High School are its students, who are mostly delightful to teach. They respond well to good teaching and achieve excellent examination results. The participation in extra-curricular activities is very high, with outstanding achievements in areas such as sport, music and drama. You will find that most other parents are also an asset, as most are highly supportive of their daughters, although, inevitable in such a school, there is a small minority of over-pushy parents whose 'little darlings' deserve your attention every hour of the day. In my opinion the overwhelming issue at Wycombe High School is the over-controlling and over-promoted leadership. The ethos of the team is ‘do as I say’ rather than ‘do as I do’. Consultations with staff and students about major changes are heavily managed to achieve the required outcome. Sycophantic pen-pushers are promoted, not for their talents, vision or their abilities, but for their obsequious qualities. The toxic blend of excessive control and overwhelming bureaucracy imposed on teachers , is a key factor in the high staff turnover. A great pity, as the school has the potential to be both outstanding in Ofsted terms, and a more stable and a much happier place for staff and students.
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